FAYETTEVILLE - Oklahoma scored big on Sunday and the fifth-ranked Sooners topped the No. 2 Arkansas gymnastics team in Barnhill Arena, 197.425-196.175.
Despite the loss, Arkansas has still scored a 196 or better in every meet this year.
"We had a great opportunity, but we didn't really capitalize," co-head coach René Cook said. "We're a little disappointed, but we scored a 196 and that shows the quality of what we're doing. We have to get back after it and get ready for next week."
In the opening rotation, Arkansas, ranked No. 6 in the nation on vault, scored a 49.325 while OU had a 49.275 on bars.
The Razorbacks were led by sophomore All-American Katherine Grable's 9.925 and senior All-American Jaime Pisani's 9.90. Grable is ranked No. 9 in the nation and Pisani No. 13. Sophomore Bailee Zumwalde set a career high with a 9.85, sophomore Scarlett Williams matched her career high of 9.80 and junior Jordan Salsberg posted a 9.85.
Arkansas' team score ties the seventh-best in school history while Grable's 9.925 ties the eighth-best individual mark.
In the next rotation, Arkansas scored a 49.225 on bars, an event the Razorbacks are ranked No. 1 on, while the Sooners had a 49.525 on vault.
Through two rotations, OU led 98.80-98.55.
Pisani led the way with a 9.90, followed by Grable and senior Mariah Howdeshell, the top-ranked bars worker in the country, with a 9.85. Sophomore Shelby Salmon had a 9.825 and freshman Stephani Canizaro a 9.80.
OU was led by Brie Olson and Sara Stone, both with a 9.95 on vault.
"We started strong on vault and bars," Cook said. "I think we tried too hard to stick our landings and that caught up with us. OU is a great team. We faltered, but this will make us a better team. We'll focus on our mistakes and shore up our seventh and eighth positions."
In the third rotation, Arkansas scored a 48.90 on beam. The Sooners hit a 49.25 on floor. Heading into the final event, OU led 148.05-147.90.
The Razorbacks were led by Grable's 9.825, and a pair of 9.80s by Pisani and Salsberg. Williams had a 9.775 and Salmon a 9.70.
In the last event, Arkansas, ranked No. 2 in the country on floor, scored a 48.725 while Oklahoma totaled a 49.375 on beam.
Grable matched her career high and the second best score in school history with a 9.95, and Lewis scored a career-high 9.90. Pisani, ranked No. 1, had a 9.875. Arkansas also had a 9.80 from Zumwalde and a 9.20 from Salsberg.
A crowd of 2,442 saw Grable win the all-around title with a 39.55 and floor with a 9.95, and Pisani win the bars title a 9.90.
Arkansas now goes on the road for two straight, to Georgia and Alabama.
No. 5 Oklahoma 197.425, No. 2 Arkansas 196.175
Feb. 5, 2012
Kelci Lewis 9.80, Jordan Salsberg 9.85, Scarlett Williams 9.80, Jaime Pisani 9.90, Katherine Grable 9.925, Bailee Zumwalde 9.85
Hayden Ward 9.775, Erica Brewer 9.825, Rebecca Clark 9.85, Kayla Nowak 9.85, Brie Olson 9.85, Megan Ferguson
Jordan Salsberg 9.75, Stephani Canizaro 9.80, Katherine Grable 9.85, Jaime Pisani 9.90, Shelby Salmon 9.825, Mariah Howdeshell 9.85
Hayden Ward 9.85, Rebecca Clark 9.875, Taylor Spears 9.85, Brie Olson 9.95, Madison Mooring 9.90, Sara Stone 9.95
Jordan Salsberg 9.80, Shelby Salmon 9.70, Scarlett Williams 9.775, Jaime Pisani 9.80, Kelci Lewis 9.25, Katherine Grable 9.825
Lara Albright 9.75, Brie Olson 9.825, Hayden Ward 9.875, Kayla Nowak 9.85, Sara Stone 9.65, Megan Ferguson 9.95
Bailee Zumwalde 9.80, Jordan Salsberg 9.20, Kelci Lewis 9.90, Katherine Grable 9.95, Jaime Pisani 9.875, Stephani Canizaro 9.10
Kayla Nowak 9.825, Madison Mooring 9.85, Sara Stone 9.85, Taylor Spears 9.90, Rebecca Clark 9.85, Megan Ferguson 9.925